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Epistles of Paul to the Philippians and to Philemon (New International Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – December 1, 1955


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  • Series: New International Commentary on the New Testament
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (December 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080282188X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802821881
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 21, 2013
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The commentary on Paul's letters to the church at Phillipi and to Philemon in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) series, written by Jac J. Müller, was originally published in 1955, thus making it one of the earliest contributions to the NICNT. Although quite a few commentaries on these books have been written since, it remains a good introduction for the layperson. It is written clearly and in a fairly lively fashion (always a plus for a commentary), one that makes the material accessible to the general reader. If there is a criticism to be made it is that it in some places lacks the depth of understanding that one finds in many of the other volumes of the NICNT. The introductory material to both letters covered in this commentary is fairly brief but adequate.

One helpful feature, which is characteristic of most of the volumes in the NICNT, is that more technical issues (including comments on the Greek text) are placed in footnotes, which permits those who are not interested in such matters to easily skip over them.

For those who are interested in a commentary that examines Philippians and Philemon in more depth, I would suggest William Hendriksen's volume in the New Testament Commentary series. This volume also includes Colossians, and is thus a much longer work. Some years ago I preached a series of sermons on Philippians and I used both Müller's and Hendriksen's commentaries. I found the latter to be more helpful.
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At the time this book was published in 1955, Jac J. Müller was Professor of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Of 1:15-18, he observes, “The idea that Paul here has in mind the Judaizers… must be rejected, for in these verses no MATERIAL contrast is mentioned between their preaching and that of Paul, but only a PERSONAL one. Thrice the apostle pertinently declares that they preach Christ (v. 15-18). The content of their preaching therefore is sound, it contains no heresy or perversion of the gospel, and in that the apostle rejoices (v. 18). Paul’s attitude, however, is quite different towards the Judaizers, who, by accentuating the law, preach ‘another Jesus’ or ‘another gospel’ (2 Cor 11:4, 13), and who are mercilessly castigated and exposed by Paul, especially in his letter to the Galatians (1:6-7; 5:1-6), but also later on in this Letter (3:2-3).” (Pg. 53)

He says of 1:23-24 [“having the desire to depart and be with Christ”], “He has a desire to depart, i.e. to be loosened from this earthly life and to be with Christ… This would be an immediate union with Christ, directly after death. No mention here of an intermediate state or unconsciousness or sleep of the soul in which Christ’s presence would not be experienced; and also no thought that he would be with Christ only after the resurrection. Such an immediate being-with-Christ is far better than the continuance of the earthly life.” (Pg.
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By Pastor J Gray on September 21, 2013
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This work was a part of NEW INTERNATIONAL COMMENTARY series. I found the work solid in its presentation, concise and easy to read. However, I found in somewhat lack luster and in many places too concise. It would however be useful for one to gain a basic understand of the epistles. But deep is lacking. No wonder it has been replaced in the series.
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By DAVID SOTELO on August 19, 2014
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Hard to find but found at reasonable price. Came in a few days as promised.
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